Heritage and Culture
St Andrew's Golf Week
I take a step onto the beautifully mowed green. The smell of freshly cut grass whips around me and I take a deep breath, admiring my surroundings. It's exciting to know that the likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Old Tom Morris have also stepped foot on this green. My heart skips a beat as I imagine a time when these idols would have teed off, in pursuit of their own championship title, and here I stand today, in an attempt to follow in their footsteps.
The bi-annual St Andrews Golf week allows amateur golfers the opportunity to come and play a game on The Old Course. The chance to play on this famous course, designed by golf founder Old Tom Morris, is something that is in high demand, attracting golfers from all over the world. The October event limits the tournament to only 40 golfers, so spaces are in high demand, however, there are a number of non-golf related activities to also partake in. With daily competitions taking place throughout the week, some individual and some team contests, this makes for a diverse and varied week. The St Andrews Golf Week has been running since 1974, and has built up quite a following throughout the decades.
With activities for expert and less-experienced golfers alike, the week can be enjoyed on a serious level, as well as at a more relaxed pace, as participants savour the unique atmosphere of the 'Home of Golf". For those wishing to work on their game, there are golf professionals available for tuition sessions. There are competitions throughout the week that include Scramble, Stableford, Am-Am, Medal Play, Nearest Hole and Longest Drive. There truly is something on offer here for every golfer.
To all the golf enthusiasts that have made their way, from across the globe, to St Andrews today I wish you good luck!
The Old Course
The Old Course has seen games played on it for over six centuries, and is one of the oldest golf courses in the world. It is a public course, over common land, in St Andrews in Fife, and is held by The St Andrews Links Trust under an act of Parliament. It is famous as it was not designed by an architect, but has evolved over time through the natural terrain of the land. It is famous for it's double greens which create a 100-yard putt for golfers, massive bunkers, of which there are 112, and compact shared fairways. This world-renowned course is a must for any golfer, as it has hosted the Open Championship 28 times.
If you liked this article and would like to read more about Scottish golf, follow these links to our other articles on Tom Morris and Hickory Golf:
"When I mention Old Tom Morris's name to Tom, his eyes cloud over and a smile crosses his face, "Golf would never have existed, without that man". I can tell from Tom's comment, that Old Tom Morris has a massive impact on the golf world, even now. With some calling him the founder of golf, I sit down with Tom to learn why"
Read our article How Old Tom Morris Changed the Golf World here:
"Darren Frankish co-runs "Golf Car Company" with his father, Tom. This familiy-run lawnmower company provides green-cutting machines and golf cars to golf courses all around Scotland. Their contracts see them travel from the highlands of Scotland, through St Andrews, the golf hub of the UK, down to the lowlands. Tom also owns a Hickory golf course, on the outskirts of Edinburgh. This authentic version of original golf allows members to experience the game as it was a number of years ago. In meeting Darren, I realise there is a lot more to golf than the game itself, so we sit down to chat about their take on the world renowned game"
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